Homeland Security Monitor - March 2017

Homeland Security Monitor
Homeland Security Monitor

Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) discussed legislative initiatives to bolster U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference. (AP/Matt Slocum and AIPAC).

U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Legislation Introduced in Senate

On March 23, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), joined by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation. The United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act would establish a grant program at the Department of Homeland Security to leverage private-sector investment and encourage cooperative cybersecurity research and development between the two nations.

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Reps. Ratcliffe, Langevin Speak about Cybersecurity at AIPAC Policy Conference

Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) highlighted their ongoing legislative efforts to bolster U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation on March 27 at AIPAC’s Annual Policy Conference. “Our congressional delegation trip last year provided a clear vision of ways to enhance our country’s cybersecurity collaboration with Israel. Each step along the way—from our initial discussions, until signature into law—we were humbled to have the strong support of our friends at AIPAC,” Rep. Ratcliffe said. “Cybersecurity has quickly risen as a top mutual priority for both of our countries, and I’m looking forward to how we’ll continue expanding this longstanding partnership in the years to come.”

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Iron Dome Start-Up to Provide Critical Support to New York Power Authority

The Israeli startup responsible for the control system behind the Iron Dome missile defense system is helping to protect New York’s largest public power organization. mPrest’s predictive health analytics application is enhancing the operational reliability and efficiency of the New York Power Authority’s assets network. “Our transformer system is a critical piece of our statewide power infrastructure, raising the voltage or ‘electrical pressure’ of power so that it can be transmitted long distance over the state’s grid,” said New York Power Authority president and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “Through our collaboration with mPrest, we can now accurately predict potential failures through better diagnostics and prognosis. As we actively pursue becoming the ‘first completely digital utility in the country,’ it is through cutting-edge technological innovation like this one, made possible with the intelligence, dedication and cooperation of our partners, that we have developed a unique, effective way of monitoring our transformers.”

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Chairman Johnson Releases Report on Israeli Homeland Security and Applicable Lessons for America

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report in February detailing the policies and procedures that the Israeli government has taken to secure its homeland. Specifically, the report compares Israeli security experiences to the security policies of the United States. “My committee's mission is to enhance the economic and national security of America. In December, I traveled to Israel to meet with top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as soldiers and others on the front lines of Israeli security defenses. We discussed Israel’s approach to border security, aviation security, and cybersecurity,” said Chairman Johnson.


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